Disk Management App ‘DaisyDisk’ Gets Major Overhaul With Faster Scanning Speeds, New Look

Disk management app DaisyDisk received a major update today, overhauling its interface and improving disk scanning speeds. The new DaisyDisk 4 app has a new, flatter design that aims to match OS X Yosemite and El Capitan, with bright colors, it’s able to scan drives up to 20 times as fast, and it consumes less memory when in use.

For those of you unfamiliar with DaisyDisk, it’s an app that gives you a visual overview of what’s eating up space on your Mac. It displays files in a pinwheel-shaped disk map, letting you quickly locate and clean up large files.

After a quick scan, the interactive disk map pops up, which is organized into different colors to denote various sections of a drive. Clicking into a section drills down into individual folders and files arranged by size and color, so it only takes a few seconds to find content that’s taking up a lot of space.

File names are listed at the side of the app and any content you want to delete can be dragged down to a bucket located at the bottom of the app. Once you’ve collected files for deletion, they can be removed with a click.

„Not only does DaisyDisk 4 have an updated modern look and award-winning intuitive user experience, we’ve put its new scanning speed up against the top five competing apps and found that DaisyDisk 4 is more than twenty times faster on a modern SSD,“ said co-Founder Oleg Krupnov „If anyone is looking to liberate hard drive space on their Mac, they could download our app, scan all drives, find and delete unwanted files with a few clicks and have tens or hundreds of GBs more hard drive space than they did a few minutes before! The efficiency of DaisyDisk is also unmatched by the ‘automatic cleaner’ apps because as a rule, the latter are capable of freeing only up to 10 GBs or so.“

DaisyDisk is priced at $9.99 and is available from the DaisyDisk website or from the from the Mac App Store. [Direct Link] The standalone version available from the website is not sandboxed and can be used to scan disks as an administrator, delete stuck files, and reveal hidden disk space.

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Founder of AnandTech retires from tech writing to work for Apple

If you love learning about the technical intricacies of your favorite gadgets, chances are you’ve heard of the website AnandTech. The founder of the 17-year-old site, Anand Lal Shimpi, has been a highly regarded tech reviewer for years. Over the…Read more ›



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Simplistic ‘Yo’ Messaging App Soars in App Store Charts, Proves Vulnerable to Hacking

The Yo messaging app [Direct Link] debuted earlier this year and recently rocketed up the iOS App Store charts, where it currently sits at number five among top free iPhone apps in the United States. The simplistic app that does nothing more than allow users to ping contacts with a simple „Yo“ message may be gaining traction with its quirky ease of use, but a hack, confirmed by Yo founders to TechCrunch, may put users’ personal information at risk.

According to the TechCrunch report, a student at Georgia Tech discovered a flaw that allows a nefarious user to discover the phone number of another Yo user, spoof a message from any Yo member and send a text-based push notification to recipient devices. Yo founder Or Arbel confirmed to TechCrunch the service was having „security issues,“ but did not provide details on the vulnerability, only stating that the issues will be resolved soon.

Founder Or Arbel has now confirmed that Yo was “having security issues”.

He told TechCrunch: “Some of the stuff has been fixed and some we are still working on. We are taking this very seriously.”

He said he could not reveal which hacks were still live. He said the company has brought in a specialist security team to deal with the issues

Arbel said he hoped the security problems would be fixed “in next few hours.”

According to Valleywag, the idea for Yo came from Israeli investor and Mobli CEO Moshe Hogeg, who wanted an easy way to communicate with his secretary. Developer Or Arbel ran with the idea and created the Yo app, which Hogeg uses. Life Before Us LLC, the company created by Abel, recently received $1 million in angel funding to continue development of the Yo app.




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Fleksy Keyboard for iOS Overhauled with New Design, Improved Help System [iOS Blog]

Earlier this year, Fleksy updated the Android version of its keyboard alternative to version 2.0 with a new badge system and cloud syncing features. Today, the company followed up that release with a major overhaul to its iOS App.

The newest version of Fleksy for iOS offers a significant redesign that brings a new user interface, six new themes and a few new features to the universal iOS app. The biggest addition is an in-app tutorial and FAQ guide to help new users start using the alternative keyboard.

Fleksy is known for its predictive text engine that compensates for your sloppy typing with accurate word replacement. It also supports gestures that make it easy to enter punctuation, add returns and more.

Though Apple’s restriction on keyboards prevents Fleksy from replacing the default iOS keyboard systemwide, the company offers a workaround that allows developers to integrate Fleksy on an app-by-app basis. This iOS software development kit was made available to all iOS developers earlier this year.

Fleksy is popular among consumers with the keyboard software reaching the one million total cross-platform downloads. Despite its limitations on iOS, demand for the keyboard is strong.

“We get about half our downloads from iOS, a platform our competitors have publicly criticized as doomed for failure for third party keyboards. Our success shows that iOS is a genuine opportunity for really innovative keyboard technologies, and today’s major update is the first step of us doubling down our efforts on this platform,” said Ioannis Verdelis, Founder and COO of Fleksy.

Fleksy is free for users to install and for developers to integrate into their apps. iPhone and iPad owners can download Fleksy [iTunes] from the iOS App Store, while developers can visit Fleksy’s website for SDK information.




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iPad 2 Sales Drop Significantly as Holiday Shoppers Choose Pricier iPads

iPad 2 sales have dropped significantly following the introduction of new iPad and iPad mini models back in October, according to the latest research from Consumer Intelligence Research Partners. Both the mini and full-size iPad Air making significant percentage gains in Apple’s iPad mix.

For the September quarter, the last quarter before the new iPads were released, CIRP said the iPad 2 accounted for some 22 percent of iPad sales. For the December quarter, the iPad 2 fell to only 5 percent of total iPad sales.

In the quarter, the iPad mini with Retina display remained supply constrained until at least mid-December – the full size iPad accounted for 54 percent of sales, while the iPad mini accounted for 41 percent.

„Apple managed to shift significant sales to its higher-priced models,“ said Mike Levin, CIRP Partner and Co-Founder. „For the past year, the legacy iPad 2 grabbed from one-quarter to one-third of iPad sales. Along with the trend toward sale of models with larger storage capacities, Apple should see higher iPad average selling prices, with iPad 2 at only 5% of total sales and iPad mini sales split between the original model and the new iPad mini with Retina display.“

The new iPad Air – which was in strong supply for the quarter – accounted for 41 percent of total iPad sales, significantly outselling the fourth-generation full-size iPad. Sales of the non-retina iPad mini outstripped its retina-equipped brethren, likely because of supply issues. On the U.S. Apple Online Store, the iPad mini with Retina display only began shipping within 24 hours at the end of December.

The shift of sales from the cheaper iPad 2 to the more expensive iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina is a good sign for Apple. The company has seen its iPad Average Selling Price consistently drop over the past three years.




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Tim Cook and Other Tech Executives to Meet With President Obama to Discuss NSA Surveillance and Health Care Website

Tim Cook and other tech executives will meet with President Obama tomorrow to discuss the Healthcare.gov website, as well as „national security and the economic impacts of unauthorized intelligence disclosures“. In addition, the group will discuss ways the Obama administration can partner with the tech sector to grow the economy and create new jobs.

According to a report from Time:

“Tomorrow, President Obama will meet with executives from leading tech companies to discuss progress made in addressing performance and capacity issues with HealthCare.Gov and how government can better deliver IT to maximize innovation, efficiency and customer service,” a White House official said. “The meeting will also address national security and the economic impacts of unauthorized intelligence disclosures. Finally, the President will discuss ways his Administration can partner with the tech sector to further grow the economy, create jobs and address issues around income inequality and social mobility.”

According to the report, the following executives will attend:

– Tim Cook, CEO, Apple
– Dick Costolo, CEO, Twitter
– Chad Dickerson, CEO, Etsy
– Reed Hastings, Co-Founder & CEO, Netflix
– Drew Houston, Founder & CEO, Dropbox
– Marissa Mayer, President and CEO, Yahoo!
– Burke Norton, Chief Legal Officer, Salesforce
– Mark Pincus, Founder, Chief Product Officer & Chairman, Zynga
– Shervin Pishevar, Co-Founder & Co-CEO, Sherpa Global
– Brian Roberts, Chairman & CEO, Comcast
– Erika Rottenberg, Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, LinkedIn
– Sheryl Sandberg, COO, Facebook
– Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman, Google
– Brad Smith, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Microsoft
– Randall Stephenson, Chairman & CEO, AT&T

Earlier this month, Apple, Google and a number of other tech companies urged the President and Congress to reform government surveillance tactics.

Concerns about government use of user data collecting ramped up in June, when a U.S. government program named PRISM was revealed to be giving the U.S. National Security Agency direct access to user data on corporate servers across a wide spectrum of Internet companies including Microsoft, Yahoo, Google, Facebook, PalTalk, AOL, Skype, YouTube, and Apple.

In response, Apple published a statement of „Commitment to Customer Privacy“ denying its participation in the NSA’s program and teamed up with a number of tech companies to request greater NSA surveillance transparency, allowing it to provide customers with regular reports on security related requests. Last month, Apple published a report outlining statistics on government and law enforcement requests it received from January to the end of June.

Apple and other companies also met with President Obama in August to discuss privacy issues and government surveillance. Recently, Apple and 30 other technology corporations signed a letter urging the U.S. Congress to pass the Surveillance Order Reporting Act of 2013 and the Surveillance Transparency Act of 2013, which would result in increased surveillance disclosures and would give technology companies the right to publish detailed statistics on demands for user data.

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